2014 IHSA State Finals

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State Finals Time!!!!

November 29, 2014



Stevenson 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 25
For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ title hopes came down to the final possession of the game, and for the second week in a row Stevenson’s defense stood tall when the pressure was on.

James Mahoney recovered a Homewood-Flossmoor fumble on Stevenson’s 3-yard line to seal a 31-25 victory in the Class 8A state championship.

The wonder twins, Deante and Devonte Harley-Hampton, both played well and reached the end zone in the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings (11-3). Deante finished with 17 carries for 77 yards and one score, while Devonte added 15 carries for 58 yards and touchdown.

“This game does not define our season. I’m proud of these guys and they battled until the end,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said.

Stevenson’s Jack Joseph finished with 17 carries for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown runs.

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Providence 31, Cary-Grove 28
The Celtics (13-1) hang-on to win the Class 7A championship over Trojans Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore running back Richie Warfield had 22 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns to guide the team to victory.

“I was just telling myself that one extra step could be the difference between a touchdown or a first down and all that can add up,” said Warfield, who had seven catches for 51 yards.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford capped off his year and final game going 18-for-26 for 184 yards. The Celtics ground game nearly mirrored the passing attack with 164 yards.

At the half, the Trojans led 14-10 until Providence seized momentum after a game-changing play by Notre Dame-bound receiver Miles Boykin.

The Celtics were backed up on their on 3-yard line when Hunniford threw 38-yard pass to Boykin (three catches, 48 yards) with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Warfield finished the 97-yard drive with a five-yard run to put Providence up 17-14.

“They pinned us deep in our own territory on our 3 and I knew that I had to make a play to get us out of here,” Hunniford said. “Finishing it off 97 yards really put a hurting on how motivated they were to continue. I just knew that Miles was going to be open and I put it in a spot that only he could get it.”

Nate Vejvoda, tight end who has committed to Iowa finished the game with 5 catches, 55 yards.



Nazareth 26, Lemont 7
As it was reported prior to kickoff, an unexpected illness swept through much of Narareth’s team, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Class 6A title Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

A total of seventeen players suffered from a stomach flu Friday.

“It invaded the team,” coach Tim Racki said. “We were supposed to practice in the morning. I got a text from one kid, then another kid and it was the basically same text from each kid saying ‘I was throwing up all night and I don’t know what’s wrong and I will try and come in.’ I thought it was a joke. I was looking for cameras in my office and wondering what was going on. The team doctor came in and we got up to 17 guys throwing up with a flu bug in their stomach. I got it on the bus on the way here.”

The Roadrunners were led on the ground by senior running back Nolan Dean who rushed 39 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Nazareth rushed 33 consecutive times in the second half until senior quarterback Jonah Beauduy completed a 10-yard screen to Dean with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game. The Roadrunners rushed the ball 63 times and passed six times behind a line that averages 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.

Lemont’s key performer was Flynn Nagel, who caught 6 passes for 70 yards. Their only points came on the ground in the first quarter.

The Roadrunners are undefeated (14-0) and this seems to be the best medicine available for everyone involved – 2014 State Champions!




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IHSA Second Round Recap

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High School Football at its best






Saturday, November 8

Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Edwardsville 35

Again, the Vikings “wonder-twin” power was activated on Saturday evening as twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton carried the load leading the team into the Class 8A quarterfinals.

Richards 34, Lincoln-Way West 27

Birthday celebration was in order for senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richards past host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 7A.

“It’s the best birthday ever,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I get to spend another week with my team.”

Geneseo 41, Rich East 16

Not enough Rocket fuel as the (Rich) East go down to Geneseo in the second round 41-16.

Brian Stewart led the way with 12 carries for 68 yards and one score. The other score was made by , followed by Tyler McGregory. The Maple Leafs remain undefeated at 11-0 for the season.

Lemont 35, Yorkville 14

Things got started with a 16-yard touchdown run by Lemont freshman Anthony Martin (21 carries for 101 yards) and they never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Dawson led the way going 14-for-20 for 172 yards and four TDs including redzone strikes to Duke-bound receiver Flynn Nagel (4 catches, 58 yards).

Friday, November 7

Providence 34, St. Rita 3

Providence wins BIG over cross-town rival St. Rita for the second time but this time it was in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice and they have big play guys and that’s what concerned us the most,” coach Mark Coglianese said. “That (punt return) was a big spark for us.”

Things got started early for the Celtics when Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (13 carries for 111 yards) score from 10 yards out and they NEVER looked back.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford (12-for-24, 224 yards, 2 TDs) played BIG also accounting for 20 of the Celtics’ points including six of those on a pair of field goals (31 and 24 yards). The remaining 14 came on a pair of TD passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin (5 catches, 96 yards) and the other was a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Beller.

“It doesn’t [matter if] I’m blocking or doing whatever I’m just happy to contribute,” Boykin said. “We just have to keep this train rolling.”

The Mustangs suffered a huge setback on their opening drive when starting quarterback Scott Proctor went down with a lower body injury and didn’t return. C.J. Weydeman (8-for-23, 42 yards) took over the quarterback duties and struggled against an unforgiving Celtics’ defense led by Jake Rost (two sacks).

“We felt confident coming in and we were doing some things they haven’t seen,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “That’s just a great team over there.”

DePaul Prep 14, St. Laurence 7

Alex Salach rushed for a touchdown and and Markavius Ross returned an interception 31 yards for a score to lead DePaul Prep (6-4). Carlos Baker caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Romello Washington for St. Laurence (5-6).

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IHSA Week 9 Recap

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This is it weekend…


All of the summer drills and hot, intense practices come down to this week – week 9 – the final week of Illinois High School Association (IHSA) football. And on top of that, Mother Nature provided the area with beautiful weather for football, as many teams make a strong run for a playoff spot.  




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Friday, October 24

Mount Carmel 10, Loyola 7
The Caravan (5-4, 1-3) clinched their 29th straight playoff berth Friday night against conference foe Loyola, 10-7 at Gately Stadium.

In this game, it wasn’t the play of the offense, as the score states, it was the defense which kept the Ramblers off-balanced the entire game. The Caravan D had two takeaways, an interception by Avery Saffold and a fumble recovery by Patrick O’Shea, plus a couple of perfectly timed sacks, led by junior Foster Williams.

“They had a couple timely blitzes,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “[Williams] coming off the edge, with their speed — he hurt us a few times.”

The Caravan got on the board right before halftime after a 39-yard pass from Anthony Thompson to Steven Wirtel, which put the ball on the one-yard line. One play later, Anthony Ries, took it in.

Ries finished the game with 10 carries for 91 yards and that one touchdown, A.J. Lewis added 18 carries for 76 yards. The game was sealed with a 33-yard field goal by Zach Mirabelli with 3:30 in the third.

“You work so hard in the offseason, coming in January at 5:30 in the morning [for] lifting,” Lewis said. “You know it’s all going to pay off.”

The Ramblers got on the board late on a two-yard run by Jack Loper, but the Caravan recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

This team doesn’t look like MC teams of the past but they did just enough to make other teams say, ‘I hope we don’t pull them in the first round.


Brother Rice 28, St Rita 21

The Crusaders take a share of the Catholic Blue title after defeating St Rita 28-21 Friday night.

Rice jumped out early to a 21-7 halftime lead but later in the contest including taking advantage of a fake punt, and four plays later Marcus Jones (16 carries, 66 yards, TD) scored the first touchdown on the night. Then, on the next possession, Greg Bernier, recovered a fumble by Rita and ran it in. Yup – two scores in the 19 seconds in the Catholic Blue…

They never looked back but had to turn things over to their stingy defense that stood strong stopping the Mustangs on two must-have plays.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight. We were in a good position last week against Providence and let it go,” said senior defensive end Kevin Furlong, who had a tackle for loss and sack.

Alex Alarcon finished the game 15-for-25, 170 yards and a touchdown. St. Rita’s Tyre Lee had 24 carries, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.




Oak Lawn 28, Shepard 3
Oak Lawn (3-6, 2-4): Joe Robinson 2 rushing TD; Joe Cosenza 2 TD passes; Alec McCarthy, Tyler Loehr TD catch each; Mitchell Gonsch 2 fumble recoveries

Benet 66, Marian Catholic 7
Benet (6-3, 4-3): Brad Sznajder 3 TD runs



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IHSA Week 8 Recap

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Stretch run…


Illinois High School Association (IHSA) put lots of hard conference games on the schedule for week 8 as many teams are fighting to get that minimum 5 victories for a hope and prayer for a playoff berth. And as Mother Nature begins the to turn the corner, these games were hot and interesting…




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Saturday, October 18

Mount Carmel 42, Hales 16
Caravan (4-4) get a BIG win Saturday night and still keep their eyes on another playoff run.

“Every week is a new week,”  Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. “It’s always going to be win or go home from here on out. We’re not making too big a deal out of it. It’s in the kids’ hands. Everybody’s all excited about, ‘what do we have to do,’ but I say we have to play well against good competition, that’s all it really comes down to.”

DePaul Prep 35, St. Joseph 0
DePaul Prep (4-4, 2-0): Paulie Rivas 2 rushing TD, 80-yd TD pass; Marwan Smith TD; Chris Jerome Smith 2 rushing TD

Friday, October 17

Homewood-Flossmoor 68, Lockport 21

Wonder twin power activated again as the Vikings win BIG against Lockport Friday night.

The Harley-Hampton brothers — Deante and Devonte – combined for the first six touchdowns in the first half of the 68-21 win. They are nicknamed for their speed: Devonte is nicknamed “Squirrel” and Deante is nicknamed “Rabbit”.

“We both ran a 4.47 40,” said Deante, who scored from 76 yards out on the Vikings first offensive play. “Great execution by the team and good blocks.”

“Once he seen the opening he pushed it,” Devonte said.

Deante finished with seven carries for 175 yard and three TDs. Devonte had the same number of carries for 46 yards and three TDs — one receiving.

With this win, the Vikings (6-2, 5-1) keep pace for the SouthWest Suburban Blue title.



Providence 45, Brother Rice 42

Talk about an offensive game where both teams put up lots of points and over 1,000 yards of offense… but in the end, the Celtics held off the Crusaders to snag a 3-point victory.

Things got started when Richie Warfield returned a 94-yard kickoff return, and from that, each team went back-and-forth throughout.

The Celtics’, Justin Hunniford, completed 22-of-34 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns – three of those touchdown passes were a part of a first-half that saw the Celtics (7-1, 3-1) build a 28-7 lead at intermission.

As the score states, the Crusaders did not give up, they only needed just 11 minutes to turn a three-touchdown deficit into a 28-28 tie. Rice’s biggest weapon was quarterback Alex Alarcon, who finished 33-of-46 for 430 yards. Sophomore Ricky Smalling caught 11 of those passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, covering 61, 31 and 22 yards. It was the duo’s 31-yard score with one minute remaining in the third quarter that tied the game 28-28. Alarcon rushed for scores of nine and two yards in the fourth quarter.

Hunniford converted a 27-yard field goal at 10:43 of the fourth quarter that gave Providence a 31-28 lead. This lead they would not relinquish, though Rice did score two mroe times.

“I’d say the fans got their money’s worth,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “It was a wild one, that’s for sure.”

Rice needs to beat St. Rita on Friday to earn a share of the Blue title with Providence.




Lincoln-Way East 23, Bolingbrook 9

Liam Morrissey did it all in this Friday night contest including rushed for 173 yards on 38 carries and touchdowns to lead East to a BIG conference win over Bolingbrook.

“It was a direct reflection of how good our line is this year,” Morrissey said. “They’re doing some amazing things. They’re all great.”

With this victory, the Griffins clinched atleast a tie for the conference title.


Crete-Monee 25, Rich Central 12
Crete-Monee (5-3, 4-1): Clint Ratkovich 21 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.

Lemont 57, Tinley Park 20
Lemont (8-0, 5-0): Ryan Dawson 12-for-20, 276 yards, 7 TD; Flynn Nagel 5 catches, 170 yards, 2 TD.

Argo 31, Oak Lawn 10
Argo (4-4, 3-2): Diamonte Mallory 3 catches, 122 yards, TD; 84-yard kick return TD.

St. Laurence 28, Leo 6
St, Laurence (4-4, 3-1): Alex Martinez 10-for-12, 241 yards, 4 TD; Fayezon Smart 20 carries, 137 yards; Carlos Baker 4 catches, 123 yards, 2 TD.

T.F. South 34, Reavis 14
T.F. South (6-2): Torian Lewis 19 carries, 120 yards, TD; Sterling Smith 18 carries, 89 yards, TD; Cody Petrich 4-of-7, 2 TD.


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IHSA Week 7 Recap

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Playoff run begins now….


Just a few more weeks left – who’s make a stand? who’s fighting to win 5…




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Friday, October 11

Bloom 35, Rich Central 28

Rich Central came out on Friday ready to move into a first place tie with Bloom Township in the Southland Conference. The Olympians scored twice in the first 4 minutes on their opening possessions when quarterback DeQuan Richie (20 for 41, 347 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) tossed a pair of touchdowns. The first went to Jordan Fuqua (3 TDs) from 17 yards out. The next came a minute later to Deshon Kelly from 29 yards away.

After this, the Blazin’ Trojans scored the next 35 points on their way to a 35-28 win in Olympia Fields.

The play that turned the game around came early in the third when Kyle Pugh recovered a fumble at the Olympians’ 7-yard line. After an offside penalty and a 3-yard run by Emmanual Williams, quarterback Jordan Benavides punched it in from 9-yards out for a 28-14 lead with 5:30 left in the third.

“We never gave up on each other and we knew we would come back and make our plays,” Bloom coach Tony Palombi said. “We kept our focus today and they are on a mission.”

Williams scored the first three touchdowns on runs of 60, nine, and nine yards. He added his fourth from 29 yards out with 2:19 left in the third to give his team a 35-14 lead. The 5-5 senior finished with 193 yards on 24 carries.

“We are one and we protect each other,” Williams said. “My line blocked beautifully tonight. We have one things on our mind— one game at a time.”

Fuqua pulled the Olympians within 35-28 on a 2-yard TD run with 7:07 left in the fourth and a 5-yard TD catch with 34 seconds remaining. An onside kick was recovered by the Olympians on the ensuing kickoff but on the first play Richie threw and interception to Johnson to end the comeback bid.

“There is a lot of football left to play for us,” Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander said. “Our kids played their hearts out to the end and I respect my kids and I love them to death.”


St. Rita 55, St. Joseph 14

St. Rita running back Tyre Lee piled up 129 rushing yards and three touchdowns as host St. Rita rolled to a convincing 55-14 win over St. Joseph on Senior Night in a Catholic League crossover.

“I leave it up to my linemen. They go up there and do everything for me,” Lee said with a smile. “They work so hard for me that I’ve got to put some stats up for them. Just keeping it going running, just keep pushing.”

St. Rita improved to 6-1 overall, clinching a playoff berth for sure with the victory.

The road does not get any easier for the Mustangs, who close the season on the road at Loyola and Brother Rice with the Catholic League Blue title still very much up for grabs.

St. Joseph fell to 2-5. Armone Elem rushed 14 times for 119 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Chargers.




Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Bolingbrook 28

Vikings hold off the stingy Raiders 35-28 in a different way than everyone expected… through the air.

Things finalized when Jared Sharp hit Bryce Gray for two long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Gray’s 80-yarder to Sharp with 9:00 left gave the Vikings a 28-21 lead. But the Raiders were not done… Quincy Woods returned the kickoff 66 yards to the HF 4-yard line and Julian Huff scored from a yard out two plays later to tie the score at 28.

But just like that, Gray and Sharp hooked up again, this time for a 39-yard touchdown with 6:18 remaining for the final lead change in a wild second half.

It was sweet redemption for H-F (5-2, 4-1), which let double-digit leads slip away in losses to Stevenson and Lincoln-Way East.

“We knew we’d face adversity,” Gray said. “We started off slow. All we wanted to do was execute our game plan, and we knew if we did that, we’d win the game.”

Deante Harley-Hampton finished the game with 21 carries and 133 yards, and 1-touchdown. Twin brother, Devonte, also scored scored in during the contest

“Our kids persevered,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “They’re growing up. We could easily be 7-0 and the No. 1 team in the state. I think we hit some bumps in the road and we learned from it.”


St. Laurence 31, Aurora Christian 28
St. Laurence (3-4, 2-1): Alex Martinez 14-for-23, 2 pass TD, rush TD

T.F. South 48, Oak Forest 22
T.F. South (5-2, 4-1): Sterling Smith 2 TD; Cody Petrich 32-yd TD pass, 9-yd TD pass; Tylon Dantzler 48-yd TD run; Nate Sanders 30-yd interception for TD

Tinley Park 41, Hillcrest 0
Tinley Park (5-2, 3-1): Jamari McDonald 12 carries, 87 yds, 4 TD; Quinn Kelly 18-for-27, 193 yds, TD; Tyrone Davis 5 sacks, 9 tackles, blocked punt

Richards 32, Reavis 6
Richards (6-1, 4-0): Ryan Willett 3 catch, 115 yds, 2 TD; Pat Doyle 14 rush, 120 yds, TD


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IHSA Week 6 Recap

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It’s Homecoming week….


Definitely a spirited homecoming week for many as Mother Nature turned down the heat….




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Saturday, September 4

Bloom 8, Crete-Monee 7

The Blazing Trojans ended the Warriors streak last season, but fell short 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

Crete-Monee was about to score on the Bloom’s 1-yard line with two seconds remaining in the first half, when quarterback Frank Douglas rolled to his right looking for a receiver. Instead, Bloom cornerback Trenton Gilbert stepped in front of Douglas’ pass at the goal line and raced 100 yards to pay dirt as time expired for a 6-0 lead at intermission.

“It was a big play,” Gilbert said. “I saw the pass come my way and I tried to make something happen.”

As luck would have it, Bloom returned the favor on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Jordan Benavides’ (rushed 36 times for 93 yards and completed 3 of 12 passes for 29 yards) ill-advised pass was intercepted by the Warriors’ Drew Harvey, who returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Carlos Soto added the PAT for a 7-6 Crete-Monee lead at 9:26 of the third quarter.

And this game came down to one play… a bad snap on a Crete-Monee punt attempt that forced punter Clint Ratkovich to run out of the end zone for a safety with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter. The two points turned a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead for Bloom (5-1, 2-0).

“I’ve been on the other side of those things happening,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “You see a lot of different things. We had multiple opportunities to put some points on the board.”

This was Crete-Monee’s first conference loss in nearly seven full seasons. Its previous Southland loss was 20-15 to Rich East in 2007.

Reavis 20, Argo 14

Reavis (6-0, 4-0): Calvin Jordan 16 carries-81-yards, 3 TD

Depaul Prep 47, Juarez 6

Depaul Prep (3-3, 1-2): Chris Jerome-Smith 3 TD; Markhavis Ross 2 interceptions TD returns, 24-yards, 68-yards

Friday, September 3

Rich Central 25, Kankakee 12

It was homecoming night for the Olympians as they were able to celebrate with a big conference win against Kankakee 25-12. The victory didn’t come easy as the Kays fought back and made things tough on each possession. They got on the board first with short run by Dyrrah Christon in the first quarter 6-0.

The Olympians answered and tied the score (6-6) in the second quarter on a nice 37-yard pass from DaQuan Richie to Dejaris Taylor. The Kays answered with a 60-yard screen pass from 6’3″ sophomore quarterback Malcolm White to Martavious Laster with 2:50 left before half (12-6). This resulted in the last score in the contest.

Home team Olympians tied the game back up at 12 with 18 seconds before half with another long pass from Richie, but this time to Jordan Fuqua, who was wide open on a blown defensive coverage.

In the second half, it was all Rich Central as they Richie and Dudley connected again on a 46 yard pass (19-12). The final score on the evening came from Mr. Jordan, who ran the ball in from 19 yards out with 52-seconds left in the contest.

You can follow the game play via MaxPreps by clicking here.

The Olympians play host to Bloom next Friday night.


Brother Rice 26, Mount Carmel 17

Alex Alarcon led the Crusaders on the Friday night win, as he  ran for two touchdowns and passed for another which snapped a 10-game losing streak in the Catholic League Blue series.

“We faced some ups and downs in this game, but we stayed [together] as a family and came out with the ‘W’,” Alarcon said.

Rice jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half until A.J. Lewis took the ensuing kickoff back 45 yards which set up his own 31-yard touchdown run. He also scored with less than 2 minutes before halftime from 16-yards out. Then Zach Mirabelli’s 22-yard field goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in the half gave the Caravan a 17-14 lead. But the Caravan never scored again in the contest as the Crusaders on the other hand scored twice.

The loss also pushed Mount Carmel (2-4, 0-3) to the brink of playoff elimination. The Caravan hasn’t missed the postseason since 1985. But they will have to win out – against Leo, Hales and Loyola – to earn an IHSA playoff berth


Homewood-Flossmoor 47, Sandburg 18

Wonder twin power activated as the Harley-Hampton twins, who combined for six rushing touchdowns and nearly 300 yards in offense in the victory Friday night.

“Our whole game plan was to finish strong,” Devonte Harley-Hampton said. “[Deante] and I have the vision. We might have started slow, but we wanted to finish strong and plan to do that the rest of the year.”

The Junior backs finished the game as follows: Deante Harley-Hampton (17 carries, 149 yards, 3 TD) and Devonte (14 carries, 101 yards, 3 TD, 5 receptions, 44 yards).

With the win H-F (4-2, 3-1) stays in the hunt for the conference title heading into next week’s showdown at Bolingbrook. Sandburg (3-3, 2-2) will have to win two of its final three games in order to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

Richards 39, Oak Forest 14

The Bulldog’s stepped up and played a full-game and sealed a victory 39-14 Friday night. Spencer Tears scored twice on pass plays of 96 and 9 yards. Quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers got the party started early when on fourth-and-inches, he ran a QB sneak which resulted in a 47-yard run and score. Muhammad-Rogers finished with 172 yards in the air.

Then there next possession, Muhammad-Rogers flipped a pass to Spencer Tears, who broke a tackle and left two defenders in his wake as he raced 96 yards.

From this, they never looked back.

“We just came out ready to play,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “We just jumped on our opponent out of the gate. You get them down early, they’re not going to be wanting to come back.”

JaRon Johnson and Troy Hadagus scored the two touchdowns for Oak Forest.


T.F. South 34, Tinley Park 19

T.F. South (4-2, 2-1): Torian Lewis 8 carries, 128 yds, TD; Tylon Dantzler 13 carries, 75 yrds

Bremen 12, Hillcrest 8

Bremen (2-4, 1-3): Chrisean Noble 80 passing yds, TD; Chris Ramos 3 rec, 62 yds, TD; Kyle Ramos 16 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Oak Lawn 22, Eisenhower 14

Oak Lawn (2-4, 1-3): Joe Robinson 2 TD; Ryne Melnik TD



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IHSA Week 5 Recap

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Conference Power Play week….


It’s conference time… who can use this week to improve and make a stand? Here’s our Week 5 recap…




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Friday, September 26, 2014

Richards 36, Eisenhower 7

A new player on the multifaceted roster blossomed, Spencer Tears, Friday night as the Bulldogs win big over Eisenhower 36-7.

In the fourth, he received a hand-off, ran strong to the right, nothing was there, then he reversed course, and came all the way back left, and outran the Cardinals D for a 27-yard score. His teammates call him ‘Suspense’ as they never know what he’s going to do, shared by Hasan Muhammad-Rogers.

“Man, when they told me to switch to slot and run that reverse — everybody knows that reverse play, I love that,” Tears said. “I saw what I saw and broke it open.”

Speaking of Rogers, he finished the game going 16-for-28 for 191 yards.

“We were shooting ourselves in the foot,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “Every time we would get something going we’d have a false start, a missed block … you can’t do that. You’ve got to be even-keel, ready to go.”

The Cardinals got on the board by a two-yard run by J.D. Ballentine.


Rich East 34, Rich Central 29

East is 5-0 to start the season, this is the first time since 1997, as they defeat cross time foe Central.

The Rockets running game was in total control going hard for over 340 yards. Marcel McDonald led the way with 112 yards and a pair scores, followed by senior back, Brian Stewart, who added 105 yards on 24 carries.

“I give all the credit to the O-line,” Rich East senior running back Brian Stewart said. “They did a lot of work tonight.”

The Rockets also went airborne in the contest right before halftime when quarterback Latrell Burden threw a pass to the end zone that was tipped. Kendall Merritt came down with it for a 10-yard touchdown and a 20-14 lead at the half.

The home team, Olympians, rallied back for the lead when Dejaris Taylor ran the ball in from 4-yards out, and teammate, Jordan Fuqua successfully ran the two-point conversion.

Rich East’s game winning drive took 12 plays and nearly seven minutes. Miller’s 5-yard touchdown run and McDonald’s two-point catch ended the scoring.

But as high school football would have it, the Rockets answered with a 7 minute, 12 play game winning drive, capped off with a short run by Miller.

Rich Central quarterback DaQuan Richie threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns.



Providence 41, St. Rita 27

Undefeated no more as the St Rita loses to conference foe 41-27.

Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin finished the game with five catches for 76-yards and two touchdowns.

The Mustangs quarterback, C.J. Weydeman, had a big game passing for 236 yards and running for 69 more. Brandon Gaston caught nine passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns..

The Celtics (5-0, 2-0) can clinch a share of the conference title next Saturday at Loyola and can start thinking about improving their postseason seed with each win now that they’ve become playoff-eligible.

Marist 21, Benet 7

The RedHawks bounce back from an unusual three-game losing streak with a conference win over Benet Friday night 21-7. Junior Darshon McCullough has a fantastic game going for 13 catches, 124 yards and a touchdown.

“We knew we had to win this one,” McCullough said. “We were 1-3. They were 4-0. We needed the win. My teammates made great plays all night.”



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IHSA Week 4 Recap

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Separation week….


This week, many team are trying to separate themselves from the pack… who were successful? who wasn’t? Week 4… whew!!!!




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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rich Central 42, Rich South 0

The Southland cross-town classic started with lots of tensions, but NOT on the field, as police presence was VERY visible at the stadium due to past tensions between the schools. On the field… no tension as the Olympians handled the Stars in a shutout.

Quarterback DaQuan Richie ran 12 yards for a touchdown and also threw a 60-yard scoring pass to DeQuan Dudley to lift visiting Rich Central (3-1) in the Southland opener for both teams. Rich South just couldn’t get anything going during the contest and fell to 1-3.

Rich East 40, Gary Roosevelt (Ind.) 6

The Rockets red glare went bursting in the air on Saturday afternoon as Rich East knock off Panthers 40-6 as thunderstorms rolled in. The first Rockets’ TD was set up by a blocked Roosevelt punt. B.J. Stewart scored from 4 yards out for East and then scored again with a 48-yarder on the next possession.

“It was a good victory for us. We came out and executed a few things well,” said Rich East coach Barry Reade, who also got two TDs each from Marcel McDonald and Kendall Miller. “We ran the ball well and got a few turnovers on defense. We did what we came here to do, which is win [going] interconference play next week.”

Defensively, Rich East (4-0) held Roosevelt to only 56 yards and two first downs in the two quarters. The first came with 3:15 left in the half, the second produced a 15-yard passing TD for Roosevelt (1-3), with Young hitting Ronald White Jr.

Loyola 42, Fenwick 0

Loyola (3-1) scored on its first two possessions, both scores set up with the run, to race out to an early 14-0 and NEVER locked back. Junior Dara Laja gained 29 yards on his first carry and finished with 135 of his game-best 147 yards in the first half. On the Ramblers’ second series, they ran the ball all 10 plays, with senior Cal Falkenhayn scoring from one yard out. Laja carried the ball seven consecutive times for 70 yards on the drive

Friday, September 19, 2014

St. Rita 23, Mount Carmel 21

Crosstown rivalry like none other as the Mustangs grabbed the lead early but fault back against the Caravan winning 23-21 in front of a jammed pack stadium Friday night.

Things got started with an acrobatic 43-yard touchdown catch by Lee from a pass from C.J. Weydeman to go up 7-0. Then they struck again with a little more than 8 minutes in the second on a Brandon Gaston 25-yard TD pass to Dion Bobo.

St Rita had a 14-0 lead, but you know the Caravan were going to adjust and make a run which including three lead changes in the final 6 minutes of the game.

They got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by A.J. Lewis, who finished with 17 carries, 83 yards, with 14.9 seconds left in the first half. Anthony Ries tied it at 14 with a 4-yard scoring run at 5:18 of the third quarter. And they took the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Anthony Thompson (6 of 12, 74 yards) to Demetrius Lewis with 2:01 remaining.

But when the Mustangs kicker Bailey Marth, who missed an extra point after St. Rita’s go-ahead touchdown with under six minutes to go, but he redeemed himself with just 23.1 seconds left to play by kicking the winning field goal from  about 30 yards out.

Mustangs quarterback Weydeman completed 12 of 29 passes for 194 yards, including that touchdown pass to Lee. And Gaston threw a touchdown pass in the first half before running for the go-ahead score at 5:55 of the fourth.

“We were fine,” Gaston said of Mount Carmel’s comeback. “It was just our team chemistry was off a little bit. We’re all brothers. We all will come together in the end to make it up.”

The Caravan had one last chance, but ran out of time at the St. Rita 39. This is the first time they are 1-3 under coach Frank Lenti’s tenure.

“We did everything we possibly could do wrong in the first half,” Lenti said. “You’ve got to say our kids showed a lot of character coming back from 14-0 down and taking the lead in the last few minutes.”

A bright spot is Mount Carmel’s (1-3, 0-2) defense held St. Rita’s Tyre Lee — who was coming off back-to-back 200-yard rushing games against Dunbar and Montini — to 48 yards on 17 carries.

And if you thought St. Rita used everything in the playbook Friday night, wide receiver Gaston has some news.

“We’ve still got a couple more up our sleeve,” Gaston said after throwing for one touchdown and running for another in a stirring 23-21 Catholic League Blue home win over Mount Carmel.


Richards 46, Oak Lawn 21

Who throws a screen on third and long (22)? The Bulldogs…. as they executed the perfect screen from Hasan Muhammad-Rogers to Pat Doyle turned into a 65-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead. Richards went on to post a 46-21 South Suburban Red road win over Oak Lawn on Friday.

“I thought we played a good first half, did a lot of good things, then got complacent,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We have to learn to put the hammer down.”

Muhammad-Rogers completed 14-of-21 passes for 273 yards.



Carmel 41, Marian Catholic 0

Carmel (2-2, 1-1): Noah Turner 56-yard TD reception, 55-yard TD reception; Rondel Jamison 51-yard TD reception, 20-yard run for TD; Michael Huiras 2 TDs

T.F. South 32, Bremen 0

T.F. South (2-2, 1-1): Devon Cathcart 45-yard TD reception, 3 sacks, tackle for safety; Sterling Smith 2 TDs

Shepard 41, Hillcrest 14

Shepard (2-2): Demetrius Harrison 23 carries, 173 yards, 2 TDs.



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2012 NCAA Football – Week 9

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Upset week… or just good football?

October 28, 2012

Week 9 action around the Big Ten -let’s recount all that happens…

This was out NCAA Game of the Week… For our game summary, click here.

Minnesota owned the Boilermakers in the game, scoring 44 straight points from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the third quarter. Oh, and this was also the Gopher’s first Big Ten win this year.

With the loss, Wisconsin’s road to the Leaders division spot in the Big Ten title game goes through Indiana, who is the only team who can prevent the Badgers from going to Indianapolis.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was knocked out with a second quarter elbow injury, and Nebraska’s defense took over from there, holding the Wolverines to a season-low 188 total yards, intercepting backup quarterback Russell Bellomy three times and keeping Michigan out of the end zone for the second consecutive week. Nebraska has defeated its two main rivals for the Legends crown in back-to-back weeks with victories over Northwestern and Michigan and now is sitting pretty in first place in their division. During the game, Nebraska celebrated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of its NCAA-record sellout streak, currently at 323 games in a row and counting.

Northwestern ran for 349 rushing yards on Iowa and was in control throughout the entire game. Iowa looks average and their record would agree as they are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

This game was coined the “IneligiBowl” which went in favor of Ohio State who remains one of six unbeaten teams. Ohio State isn’t allowed to win many things, but Braxton Miller can still win the Heisman and he is definitely one of the favorites. The sophomore rushed for 134 yards and scored three total touchdowns. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, who leads the Big Ten in passing, threw for a career-high 327 yards and two touchdowns but threw a costly third-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown. With the win, Ohio State will most likely now win the Leader Division but will be removed from the Big Ten title game like a bad tattoo.

NOTE: Ohio State has now won three consecutive games at Beaver Stadium for the first time in the history of this rivalry.

In additional games during week 9, four Top Ten teams fell this week and five ranked teams suffered their first losses of the season. Meanwhile, Collin Klein and Manti T’eo boosted their Heisman chances while Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame continued to make their case for a shot in the national title game.   Here are all highlights from a wild week in college football.

If Alabama was already looking ahead to next week’s matchup with LSU, you wouldn’t know it from their play. The Crimson Tide rolled up 38 unanswered points before finally surrendering a touchdown in the game’s final minutes. Once again, the Alabama defense was dominant, holding the Bulldogs to just 256 total yards, forcing three turnovers and holding LaDarius Perkins, the SEC’s leading rusher, to just 38 yards on the ground. Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, who threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns, has now gone eight straight weeks without throwing an interception.

Colorado came into the game ranked next-to-last in scoring defense, and that stat isn’t likely to improve after the Ducks rolled up a season-high 70 points and 617 yards. Oregon led 56-0 at halftime, and most of the Ducks starters were pulled midway through the second quarter. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns while DeAnthony Thomas added a 73-yard punt return touchdown to go along with 97 rushing yards and a score. Colorado has given up at least 50 points in each of the last three weeks.

#12 GEORGIA 17, #3 FLORIDA 9 – UPSET!!!!
Georgia’s defense had given up 300+ yards in every game and at least 20 in all but one this season. But they picked a great week to turn things around have their best game of the season, holding the Gators to just 266 yards and forcing six turnovers. Freshman running back Todd Gurley ran for 118 yards and a touchdown to provide most of Georgia’s offense against a Florida defense that had another solid game (held the Bulldogs to just 273 yards and intercepted quarterback Aaron Murray three times) but was unable to overcome the Gators’ offensive miscues. This is just the fifth time Georgia has won in their last 23 games against the Gators.

Collin Klein threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to keep himself squarely in the Heisman mix and the Wildcats in the national title hunt. The Wildcats got off to a slow start (just 19 yards on their first three drives) against a Texas Tech defense that came into the game ranked seventh in the nation, but exploded to score on eight straight possessions. Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege threw 15 touchdown passes in his previous two games, but was held in check this week, throwing for 331 yards and two touchdowns, but also a pick-six interception. This is Kansas State’s first 8-0 start since 1999.

Are the Irish forreal? Notre Dame running backs Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick each ran for 74 yards and a touchdown as the Fighting Irish became just the second ranked team to beat a Bob Stoops-coached team in Norman. And while Notre Dame had decent success running the ball, the Fighting Irish defense made sure Oklahoma couldn’t do the same, holding the Sooners to just 15 yards on 24 carries. Linebacker Manti T’eo continued his stellar season with 11 tackles (two for loss), one sack and an interception. After missing last week’s game with a concussion, Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame is the only team in the nation with four wins over Top 25 teams. This was just the second time in their last 35 games that the Sooners were held to 17 or fewer points.

#6 LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY BYE LSU had a very well-timed bye to prepare for next week’s big showdown with #1 Alabama. R&R weekend….

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion’s return from an early-season knee injury didn’t go well, as the sophomore threw a career-high four interceptions before being pulled midway through the fourth quarter in favor of backup Cody Vaz. The Beavers outgained Washington 427-293, but Mannion’s interceptions twice ended drives in Washington territory and set up the Huskies’ go-ahead touchdown. Washington is one of the most difficult teams in the country to figure out—they have now beaten two Top Ten opponents, but hey have also lost three games by 30 or more points.

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott accounted for 469 total yards and four touchdowns, leading the Wildcats back from a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter to upset the Trojans. USC led 28-13 with four minutes left in the third quarter before Arizona rallied to score 26 unanswered points in the next 14 minutes. USC receiver Marqise Lee caught 16 passes for a PAC-12 record 345 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Arizona’s win snaps a four-game losing streak to the Trojans.

Despite losing star running back Chris Thompson with a knee injury last week, Florida State’s offense showed little sign of slowing down, rolling up 560 yards and 48 points. Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns while Thompson’s replacement, sophomore Devonta Freeman rushed for 104 yards and two scores. Florida State’s defense and special teams were equally impressive in the win, holding the ACC’s second-best passing attack to just 129 passing yards, forcing four turnovers and getting a 75-yard punt return touchdown. The Seminoles are now 18-0 all-time versus Duke.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards and five touchdowns, including one to receiver Sammy Watkins, who caught eight passes for a school-record 202 yards. After managing just 16 yards on its first two drives, the Tigers’ offense erupted to find the end zone on its next five possessions, jumping out to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter. The Tigers have now won four in a row in this series.

Louisville outgained the Bearcats 524-353 but needed a field goal and an interception in overtime to keep its undefeated season alive. Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 416 and two touchdowns, twice rallying Louisville from 10-point deficits. Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legeaux threw three interceptions, including one that ended the Bearcats’ only possession in overtime. On Louisville’s field goal attempt in overtime, the snap was fumbled. But Cincinnati had called timeout to ice the kicker just before the snap, giving Louisville’s John Wallace another attempt at the 30-yarder that he made for the win.  The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Cardinals in this series.

South Carolina held off a late Volunteers rally to secure the win, but the Gamecocks may have bigger concerns this week as star running back Marcus Lattimore had to be carted off the field after suffering a gruesome knee injury. Even though coach Steve Spurrier declined on Sunday to discuss specifics of his horrific injury suffered in the second quarter of Saturday’s 38-35 victory over Tennessee, he confirmed the junior running back had a dislocated knee, the same injury incurred by freshman defensive back T.J. Gurley earlier this season.

“The knee sort of pops out of place, a dislocation,” Spurrier said. “They got it back in place pretty quickly, though. Dr. (Jeffrey) Guy said it was back in quickly.”

But Spurrier added it “remains to be seen” how long Lattimore’s rehab from his second major knee injury will take, and didn’t rule out the possibility of his recovery extending into 2014.

“Dr. Guy said there could be a chance (of a 2013 return), but there could be a chance that it could be two years down the road,” Spurrier said. “It could be a full year of recovery. We’ll have to wait and see, that’s what he said. We’ll take it one day at a time and allow the doctors and Marcus and a lot of prayers to do their work.”

Since Lattimore didn’t redshirt as a freshman in 2010, he has two years of eligibility left to play his final season, or he could opt for the NFL.

“It’s going to take a while, obviously, to recover and rehab this,” Spurrier said. “But Marcus has a good attitude today. We saw him and talked with him. He knows what the road ahead is. We’re all hoping and praying he will be back.”

South Carolina rolled up 510 yards of offense en route to their highest scoring game since late September. Quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 356 yards and tallied four total touchdowns for the win.

In the short term, the ball-carrying responsibilities fall to Kenny Miles (149 yards) and Mike Davis (157), while the plans to redshirt Brandon Wilds could be scrapped. Miles, a fifth-year senior, ascends to the No. 1 running back slot for the Arkansas game on Nov. 10 at Williams-Brice Stadium.  The Gamecocks will have to dig deep without Lattimore moving forward.

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova threw six interceptions that set up 21 Kent State points, ending the Scarlet Knights hopes for an undefeated season. Rutgers came into the game ranked third in the nation in rush defense, but allowed the Golden Flashes to roll up 224 yards on the ground. This is Kent State’s first-ever win over a ranked team (0-22 prior to this weekend) and the victory gives the Golden Flashes their first six-game winning streak since 1940.

Stanford’s defense was the story of this game, holding the Cougars to minus-sixteen yards rushing, sacking quarterback Jeff Tuel ten times and forcing one costly interception that was returned for a fourth-quarter touchdown that put the Cardinal up by two scores. This is the third time this season the Cougars have been held to negative rushing yards. By comparison, the rest of the FBS combined has just five such games. Washington State has lost 19 straight games to ranked teams, a streak dating back to 2006, while Stanford has now won 14 straight road games against unranked foes.

Boise State overcame a slow start and put up 31 unanswered points to move to 7-0 all-time against Wyoming. The Broncos defense was once again dominant, holding the Cowboys to just 270 yards of offense (54 rushing) and returning a third-quarter fumble for a touchdown. Broncos running back D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Wyoming was playing without head coach Dave Christensen, who was suspended for one game following an obscenity-filled tirade at Air Force coaches after their Oct. 13 game. The Broncos have won 48 straight games in the month of October, a streak dating back to 2001.

#22 TEXAS A&M 63, AUBURN 21
The stats really speak for themselves: at halftime, A&M had outgained the Tigers 464-91. The Aggies had 28 points on the board before Auburn ever made a first down. The Aggies scored on seven of their first eight possessions and jumped out to a 49-7 lead before the starters were pulled early in the third quarter. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for 350 total yards and four touchdowns in just over two quarters of play. Auburn is off to its first 1-7 start since 1952.

MIAMI (OH) 23, #23 OHIO 20 – UPSET
Ohio’s dreams of busting the BCS came to a dramatic end Saturday, as the Miami (OH) RedHawks took the lead with just 1:24 to go and then sealed the victory when Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton took a sack rather than throwing the ball away with just seconds on the clock. Miami receiver Nick Harwell caught eight passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in the upset win.

Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron threw for 292 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another score to lead the Bulldogs to their first-ever win as a ranked team. Louisiana Tech missed three field goals, but the Lobos were unable to capitalize, turning the ball over three times. This was New Mexico State’s seventh-straight loss.

After back-to-back blowout losses, the Mountaineers got a much-needed week off to stop the bleeding and prepare for next week’s contest against fellow Big 12 newcomer TCU.

Our TOP 10

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Kansas State

4. Notre Dame

5. LSU

6. Georgia

7. Florida State

8. Louisville

9. Clemson

10. Florida

Don’t discount… Oregon State, Texas A&M, USC, Boise State, Stanford. For a complete list of the BCS Standings, visit http://www.bcsfootball.org/

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